Shrubs, bushes, and hedges are, without a doubt, the most underappreciated and underestimated landscaping plants. They have a natural beauty that can improve the curb appeal of your property while also complementing lawns, trees, gardens, and hardscapes like walkways, patios, and stonewalls.
Along a boundary line, a variety of shrubs, hedges, and bushes can be grown as a privacy screen, windbreak, or live “fence.” The majority of types remain green and vivid throughout the year. Shrubs, bushes, and hedges can even boost your home’s market value, but only if they’re well-kept and neatly trimmed.
Hedges are used to create an attractive garden boundary and structure. They enhance the appearance and value of any property. They, like other plants, need to be watered and have their hedges trimming. Cutting them often as they develop will keep them clean and in form.
When Should You Trim Your Hedges?
During the first few years of a hedge’s life, it should be pruned to shape it. This is done to help it create a shape and grow in a healthy manner. After the hedge has grown in, it should be properly maintained on a regular basis.
Hedge pruning season and frequency are determined on the species. They are clipped primarily in the late winter when the plant is dormant. It’s also crucial to remember not to cut too early in the year in order to avoid disrupting bird nests.
What Tools Should Be Used For Hedge Trimming?
There are numerous tools from which to choose. When making a decision, consider the quality as well as the pricing. Check to see that your tools are sharp and functional. Blades that are dull or blunt rip the branches and leaves instead of cutting them. For specific types of hedges, use the appropriate equipment. The following are some of the most regularly used hedge trimming tools:
- pruners for the hands
- cutters for hedges
- loppers for pruning
- Saw with a curve
- Hedge trimmers that run on electricity
How To Trim Hedges Properly?
Make lovely forms with your hedges. To begin, remove the larger branches that are protruding from the tree. Continue with precise pruning to keep the hedge appearing neat and clean. Hedge sides should ideally be trimmed broader at the base so that sunlight can reach the leaves at the bottom.
Trim the sides of the hedges to around chest height. Cut the sides vertically using an arc-shaped sweeping stroke to trim chest-high hedges. Begin at the back and work your way forward. After that, trim the top of the hedge. Hold the cutter bar horizontally at a small 10-degree inclination to do this.
Trim tops of tall hedges first. Begin by cutting the tops of the hedges with the suitable cutter, angled at a small 10-degree angle. Cut the hedges on both sides now.
To keep hedges compact and attractive, proper upkeep is essential. They also require fertiliser from time to time in order to provide energy and drive growth. Remember that if you’re having trouble cutting hedges, you can always hire a professional to assist you.